The Picture of Dorian Gray and Three StorieseBook - 2007
The Picture of Dorian Gray , Oscar Wilde's only full-length novel, is the enduringly eerie story of a na#65533;ve and irresistible young man lured by decadent Lord Henry Wotton into a life of depravity. Though Dorian is steeped in sin, his face remains perfect, unlined as years pass--while only his portrait, locked away, reveals the blackness of his soul. This timeless tale of Gothic horror and fable, reveling in the unabashed hedonism and cynical wit of its characters, epitomizes Wilde's literary revolt against the proprieties of the Victorian era.
Sharing this volume with The Picture of Dorian Gray are Wilde's clever and sophisticated story "Lord Arthur Savile's Crime" and two of his delicate fairy tales, "The Happy Prince" and "The Birthday of the Infanta."
With an Introduction by Gary Schnidgall
and an Afterword by Peter Raby
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In this classic tale of suspense, a young dandy named Dorian Gray sits for a portrait of himself. When he views the finished painting Dorian wishes that he could be forever young and that only the image in the portrait would age. As Dorian’s desire comes true, he embarks on a lifetime of public aestheticism and private debauchery until it comes time for him to pay with his soul.
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